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A park-filled suburb with a charming historic district and plenty of family friendly homes.
Studio / 1 BR
56% Complete
2,319
2 Bedrooms
65% Complete
2,700
3 Bedrooms
94% Complete
3,900
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete
4,147

Good For
  • Couples without kids
  • Empty nesters / Retirees
  • Families
  • Nature lovers
  • Professionals

 

What's around
  • 28 Schools
  • 535 Shops
  • 210 Fitness options
  • 386 Restaurants
  • 40 Grocery stores/markets
  • 42 Banks
  • 59 Nightlife options

 


PUBLIC TRANSITAverage

WALKABILITYAverage
Safety

Sunnyvale has a below average violent crime rate and a below average property crime rate compared to other cities in the United States.

  WHAT’S LIVING IN Sunnyvale LIKE?

Nestled between Mountain View and Santa Clara, Sunnyvale is a suburban city of roughly 150,000 people. This is a laid back home to some of the most brilliant engineers in the world. Lockheed Martin, Apple, Yahoo, Juniper Networks, and Google are the largest employers in this city, which has created a tech focused culture.

Despite being thoroughly suburban, there's a lot to love about Sunnyvale. There are several hundred restaurants around town covering every type of cuisine, including some excellent ethnic food. Most of these spots are affordable but there are a few date night-quality dining options.

Although the city is not known for an active nightlife scene, its location provides residents easy access to surrounding cities where there's more going on. There are some bars and lounges around town, however.

The historic Murphy Avenue is a quaint tree-lined street full of independent shops, services, and eateries. On Saturdays it hosts a local farmer's market. A nearby mall has all your other shopping needs covered.

This is a terrific location for outdoorsy types. There are nearly 20 parks dotted around the city featuring picnic space, playgrounds, off-leash dog areas, and volleyball courts. There's a local golf course in Sunnyvale that doesn't require membership to play. And the Bay is great for kayaking and paddle boarding. Beautiful hikes are a short drive away in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Like other Silicon Valley cities, Sunnyvale can be broken down into different neighborhoods. Generally speaking, the distinction between neighborhoods is not noticeable since the look and feel is quite homogeneous.

The “nicer” neighborhoods (and "nicer" here is a very relative term given that everything is pricey) within this city will have higher housing prices associated with differences in public school rankings. (All the public schools here are very good, but when you're weighing "very good" versus "the best", it does have an impact on home prices.) Most of the housing here consists of unassuming ranch-style homes and cottages, though you will also find condos and apartments near Sunnyvale's downtown.

Sunnyvale boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the USA for a city of its size. The main downside to living here is the traffic.

Families looking to settle down will find a great city with safe neighborhoods for kids. Singles and couples who love parks and outdoor recreation will find this sleepy suburb has more than enough to keep them content. But if you're looking for more action you'd be better off considering living in San Jose or Palo Alto.

Sunnyvale is bordered on the north by San Francisco Bay, on the east by Santa Clara, on the south by Cupertino, and on the west by Los Altos and Mountain View.

Sunnyvale Silicon Valley City Guide

 

Local Flavor   Sunnyvale LOCAL schools

K-5 GRADES
Bishop Elementary School
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.53 mi
K-5 GRADES
Ellis Elementary School
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.69 mi
K-5 GRADES
Stratford School
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.72 mi
K-8 GRADES
Helios School
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.80 mi
K-12 GRADES
The King's Academy
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.99 mi

 

Local Flavor   Sunnyvale Local Flavor

Sunnyvale Farmers Marketuvfm.org
Sunnyvale Farmers Marketuvfm.org MURPHY AVE, SUNNYVALE, CA 94085 MAP
http://uvfm.org/sunnyvale-saturday

Located in Sunnyvalle's historic downtown, this weekly farmer's market is open year round and offers fresh produce, prepared foods, and gifts.

Las Palmas Park
Las Palmas Park 850 RUSSET DR, SUNNYVALE, CA 94087-1859 MAP
http://sunnyvale.ca.gov

A beautiful, Polynesian-style park that boasts 24.3 acres of outdoor space including a water-play park. Dog friendly and a great place for picnics and other outdoors activities.

St John’s Bar and Grill
St John’s Bar and Grill 510 LAWRENCE EXPY, SUNNYVALE, CA 94086 MAP
http://www.stjohnsgrill.com

St. John’s claims to offer “The Best Burgers in Silicon Valley”. Open for over 35 years and running strong. Check out this popular sports bar to watch a game of one of Silicon Valley's professional teams.

Full Circle Farm
Full Circle Farm 1055 DUNFORD WAY, SUNNYVALE, CA 94087 MAP
http://fullcirclesunnyvale.org

This is a fully functional farm open to the public. It offers tours, summer camps for kids, and even morning yoga classes.

Baylands Park
Baylands Park 550 E REMINGTON DR, SUNNYVALE, CA 94087-2652 MAP

Whether you’re looking to fly kites, drones, planes, or play some soccer or Frisbee, Baylands Park has ample room for everyone. If you’re interested in a hike or jog, the trails here are separate from the recreation areas and offer great views.

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